(computerandvideogames.com): Around 38% of iPad owners say they'd not buy a portable gaming device after owning the Apple tablet, according to a recent survey. The study, which was conducted online across a nationally representative sample, says that gaming devices and e-readers, not netbooks and laptops, will feel the biggest impact of iPad's success, after Apple managed to sell 3million of them worldwide in just 80 days after its initial release in US on April 3.
(educause.edu): The convergence of web-enabled smartphones, the applications designed for smartphone interfaces, and cloud computing is rapidly changing how people interact with each other and with their environments. The commercial sector has taken the lead in creating mobile websites that leverage the capacities of smartphones, and the academic community has begun to follow suit.
(nctimes.com): Libraries, long recognized as book lenders, are evolving along with changing reading habits and new technology to become information clearinghouses, offering services as diverse as free passes for museums, e-book loans, housing clinics and live performances. Libraries are also trying to provide a bulwark against the economic erosion of the recession. The San Diego County Library system, with branches in San Marcos, Vista, Encinitas, Poway, Fallbrook, Ramona and Valley Center in North County, offers housing clinics with free mortgage and legal counseling to homeowners facing foreclosure, and hosts an ongoing "job cafe" at its Encinitas branch.
(openaccess.eprints.org): Deposit mandates are necessary in order to generate OA content. It makes a big practical difference for success in reaching agreement on adopting a mandate in the first place that both institutional and funder mandates should require convergent institutional deposit, rather than divergent and competing institutional vs. institution-external deposit. The RWWR repository rankings would be much more helpful and informative if they gave a greater weight to the relative size of each institutional repository's content and eliminated multi-institutional repositories from the institutional repository rankings or at least allowed institutional repositories to be ranked independently on content vs links.
(medpagetoday.com): Institutions receiving research grants from the National Institutes of Health should be required to do more to police industry-sponsored ghostwriting of medical journal articles, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a letter to NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD. The senator -- a frequent critic of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries and their relationships with academia -- also released a report on medical and scientific journal ghostwriting, compiled by Senate Finance Committee staff. Grassley is the panel's senior Republican.